Archaeological investigations at the nineteenth-century Bland (11MS923) farmstead recovered a small but well-preserved faunal assemblage. The composition demonstrates reliance on swine, chicken, and various wild taxa reflecting the inhabitants’ Upland South heritage. Similar dietary preferences have been observed at other nineteenth-century farmsteads in west-central Illinois. Comparison with Kuehn’s (2007) zooarchaeological analysis of contemporaneous sites in the northeastern region reveals distinct dietary patterns across the state. Dietary choice was influenced by a variety of factors, but this study, incorporating detailed historic records research, indicates that cultural assimilation was a particularly significant aspect.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2015|